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Porch Pro Headshot PARRISH SERVICES
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Parrish Services is an award-winning heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical contractor serving homeowners in Northern Virginia. We offer repair and replacement services. Our specialties are energy efficient and green technologies for residential applications such as geothermal heating and cooli...Read more about PARRISH SERVICES
Parrish Services is an award-winning heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical contractor serving homeowners in Northern Virginia. We offer repair and replacement services. Our specialties are energy efficient and green technologies for residential applications such as geothermal heating and cooli...Read more about PARRISH SERVICES
Porch Pro Headshot Green Wave Electric Inc
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Enjoy the outdoors at home even when it is dark with outdoor lighting from Green Wave Electric. These specialists in North Laurel boast a 4-star rating.
Enjoy the outdoors at home even when it is dark with outdoor lighting from Green Wave Electric. These specialists in North Laurel boast a 4-star rating.
Porch Pro Headshot Air 1 Mechanical System Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Are you looking for the perfect company to get heating and plumbing services? At Air 1 Mechanical System, we offer the excellent services & Plumber Herndon in VA. We provide the great maintenance and quality services to our customers.
Are you looking for the perfect company to get heating and plumbing services? At Air 1 Mechanical System, we offer the excellent services & Plumber Herndon in VA. We provide the great maintenance and quality services to our customers.
Porch Pro Headshot Mister Rogers Electric LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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If you want to incorporate outdoor lighting in your yard, turn to Mister Rogers Electric LLC in Ballenger Creek, MD for 4-star-rated service.
If you want to incorporate outdoor lighting in your yard, turn to Mister Rogers Electric LLC in Ballenger Creek, MD for 4-star-rated service.
Porch Pro Headshot Men of All Seasons Expertise
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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"Chris and Ronnie of Men of All Seasons Expertise proved themselves today to be expert at their trades, honest, and friendly. They arrived at the appointed time. They diagnosed a problem I had with washing machine - potentially a hot water line problem. They found it was in the machine itself and di...Read more about Men of All Seasons Expertise
"Chris and Ronnie of Men of All Seasons Expertise proved themselves today to be expert at their trades, honest, and friendly. They arrived at the appointed time. They diagnosed a problem I had with washing machine - potentially a hot water line problem. They found it was in the machine itself and di...Read more about Men of All Seasons Expertise
Porch Pro Headshot GettsTheJob Done
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Building relationships one house at a time. I am a professional handyman that takes care and pride into his customers and work. 100% satisfaction guaranteed with great rates and free estimates. One call do it all handyman service
Building relationships one house at a time. I am a professional handyman that takes care and pride into his customers and work. 100% satisfaction guaranteed with great rates and free estimates. One call do it all handyman service
Porch Pro Headshot Superior Electrical Service, LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Brighten up your backyard patio with professional light installations from the experts at Superior Electrical Service. Located in Maugansville, MD, they have earned a 5-star rating from previous customers.
Brighten up your backyard patio with professional light installations from the experts at Superior Electrical Service. Located in Maugansville, MD, they have earned a 5-star rating from previous customers.
Porch Pro Headshot Walter's Painting & Handyman Services
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Completely change the look of your home's architecture at night with outdoor lighting from Walter's Painting & Handyman Services in Friendly.
Completely change the look of your home's architecture at night with outdoor lighting from Walter's Painting & Handyman Services in Friendly.
Porch Pro Headshot Rugger Electric Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Make your property look amazing even after dark with some help from Rugger Electric Inc., a 4-star-rated outdoor lighting company in the Spring Gap, MD area.
Make your property look amazing even after dark with some help from Rugger Electric Inc., a 4-star-rated outdoor lighting company in the Spring Gap, MD area.
Porch Pro Headshot Benfield Electric of Virginia Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Ensure your outdoor lighting project is completed the right way with Benfield Electric of Virginia Inc. in Maugansville, MD.
Ensure your outdoor lighting project is completed the right way with Benfield Electric of Virginia Inc. in Maugansville, MD.
Porch Pro Headshot Shock Fast Service Electric
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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"Shock Fast Service Electric was excellent in installing my light fixture in my dining room! The electrician arrived on time and did the work very quickly. I was very impressed with his professionalism and expertise in getting the job done. Their prices are also very reasonable. You won't go wro...Read more about Shock Fast Service Electric
"Shock Fast Service Electric was excellent in installing my light fixture in my dining room! The electrician arrived on time and did the work very quickly. I was very impressed with his professionalism and expertise in getting the job done. Their prices are also very reasonable. You won't go wro...Read more about Shock Fast Service Electric
Porch Pro Headshot Majestic Hardscapes LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
(25)
Located in Madison, MD, Majestic hardscapes contracting LLC offers professional vinyl siding services that will keep your home well-protected and pleasing to the eye.
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Located in Madison, MD, Majestic hardscapes contracting LLC offers professional vinyl siding services that will keep your home well-protected and pleasing to the eye.
Porch Pro Headshot Pure Electricial
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
I'm new business owner and Marine Veteran. Pure Electric has the potential to be a all in one stop shop, that can provide services needed for the average home. We do Electrical, AV, plumbing, drywall and paint, decks, concrete work, flooring, and HVAC. My focus is provide great service and quality w...Read more about Pure Electricial
I'm new business owner and Marine Veteran. Pure Electric has the potential to be a all in one stop shop, that can provide services needed for the average home. We do Electrical, AV, plumbing, drywall and paint, decks, concrete work, flooring, and HVAC. My focus is provide great service and quality w...Read more about Pure Electricial
Porch Pro Headshot LEESBURG SOUTHERN ELECTRIC INC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Accent your landscape design with thoughtfully placed outdoor lighting from LEESBURG SOUTHERN ELECTRIC INC in Oakland, MD.
Accent your landscape design with thoughtfully placed outdoor lighting from LEESBURG SOUTHERN ELECTRIC INC in Oakland, MD.
Porch Pro Headshot Hedden's Electric LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Proudly showcase your home after hours with soothing lighting solutions from Hedden's Electric LLC in Piney Point, MD.
Proudly showcase your home after hours with soothing lighting solutions from Hedden's Electric LLC in Piney Point, MD.
Porch Pro Headshot Rymez Electrical Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
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Porch Pro Headshot Neville Interiors Inc.
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Based out of Silver Spring, Neville Interiors is a general contractor. They offer home addition, bedroom remodeling, and framing as well as other services.
Based out of Silver Spring, Neville Interiors is a general contractor. They offer home addition, bedroom remodeling, and framing as well as other services.
Porch Pro Headshot Sabah Electrical, LLC
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Proudly showcase your home after hours with soothing lighting solutions from Sabah Electrical in Deale, MD.
Proudly showcase your home after hours with soothing lighting solutions from Sabah Electrical in Deale, MD.
Porch Pro Headshot Electrical Wiring Ltd
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Located in Kensington, Electrical Wiring Ltd is an electrical contractor. They provide circuit breaker repair, lighting fixture installation and more. In May 2004, a property owner contracted Electrical Wiring Ltd for a swimming pool project using a permit acquired from Montgomery County, and in Apr...Read more about Electrical Wiring Ltd
Located in Kensington, Electrical Wiring Ltd is an electrical contractor. They provide circuit breaker repair, lighting fixture installation and more. In May 2004, a property owner contracted Electrical Wiring Ltd for a swimming pool project using a permit acquired from Montgomery County, and in Apr...Read more about Electrical Wiring Ltd
Porch Pro Headshot Electric-1
Serves Ashburn, Virginia
Porch Pro Headshot K & R Electrical and Construction Services
Residential and commercial electrical contractor serving all of northern virginia and eastern west virginia
Residential and commercial electrical contractor serving all of northern virginia and eastern west virginia
Porch Pro Headshot Celso Handyman Services
Serves Ashburn, Virginia

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Frequently asked questions about electricians

What is an electrician & what does an electrician do?

An electrician repairs, designs, installs, and maintains electrical systems. There are different types of electricians to choose from, like those who specialize in residential electrical or those who work outdoors. Residential electricians work inside the home to solve wiring problems or do installs. Electricians who work outdoors focus more on the construction of buildings and the systems needed for those projects. Quality electricians tend to be critical thinkers.

Electrical contractors are responsible for planning electrical systems in new buildings, including outlets, lighting fixtures, and ventilation. They install wiring, lighting, and electrical systems according to the municipal code. This also includes installing hangers and brackets to support electrical systems. They read and interpret blueprints and circuit diagrams. They perform maintenance and inspections of these systems. Electricians also repair or upgrade faulty systems, including removing the faults.

Electricians need to go through a trades program specializing in the field. It takes over 2,000 hours, or four years, of hands-on experience in most states before an electrician is licensed and able to work independently. This number can increase for journeymen electricians or if the electrician wants to work on commercial projects. Some states require these tradesmen to pass an exam or receive certification. Beyond acquiring a license, electricians also need to have insurance. This protects the electrician’s equipment, tools and vehicles, and also insures them if something goes wrong.

How to find a local electrician?

When you think, “I don’t know any electricians near me,” don’t worry — Porch has you covered. All you need to provide is your ZIP code, contact details, and a description of the project involved, and Porch will match you with a qualified professional. They vet the contractors for you, so you can spend your time where it’s needed most. When you search for an electrician, it’s important to know what the job costs on average before contacting someone. From there, a simple Google search will give you the necessary information, but be sure to read reviews on the contractor before hiring anyone. You can sort reviews by the most recent first and see what people have been saying. A great contractor will have a high number of reviews, and maintain an average of 4.5 stars. Always ask the electrician about their licenses, how they bill, their estimated turnaround time, and whether they specialize in a specific type of job. Before you bring on a profession, check your appliances on other outlets to rule out faulty machines, and double-check that the breakers are on. The most common reasons to hire electricians are flickering lighting or faulty light switches (or if either of the two buzzes when activated). The circuit breaker could have an arc fault or trip whenever a specific appliance runs. Some circuit breakers are outdated, or the wires weren’t designed for the amount of power running through them. Hiring an electrical contractor is a great idea if you have an abnormally high electric bill or want more outlets in the home. A contractor will help you plan the best places for new outlets in the most efficient way possible.

Electrician hourly rate: how much does an electrician cost?

An electrician generally costs between $60 to $100 per hour. The cost of an electrician will depend greatly upon the job, where you live, and what type of professional you hire. Higher costs of living and greater licensing fees also drive the price up. All that said, electrical work can be dangerous. A professional knows how to do the job safely, and they’re up to date on rules and regulations. There are several instances where an electrician may be needed. Common jobs are creating new outlets or light switches, installing phone lines and basic light fixtures, upgrading breakers and electrical circuits, fixing the wiring, installing a home generator, or even automating the home.

On average, a new light switch costs $125, and basic light fixtures cost between $80 to $200. Outlet installations can range from $200 to $750, while breakers and electrical panel installations range from $100 to $1,500. Adding a new phone line costs roughly $700, and recessed lighting costs roughly $800. Upgrading your electrical circuit can cost between $1,300 to $3,000, and installing new wiring can be anywhere from $1,200 to $18,000. Automating your home could cost between $5,000 to $9,000 while installing a generator costs around $2,000 to $10,000.

Some of these prices vary so wildly because no two homes are alike. An outlet that requires running wires through various rooms will cost more than a house where the wiring is simple and accessible. Old homes are harder to work with, and their electrical systems can be outdated. When you get a quote from a professional, be sure to ask him the reasons for the pricing. Materials cost more depending on where you live, which affects prices.

How to wire a switched outlet?

A switched outlet is a power outlet turned on or off via a switch. A variation of this is a half-hot outlet, or a duplex outlet, where the top plug is always ready to provide electricity, whereas the bottom plug doesn’t provide electricity unless you flip a switch. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet can’t accomplish half-hot — it must be fully active or only run via a switch.

Before you do anything, turn the power off. If you’re modifying an existing outlet that’s more than a few years old, you might want to replace the outlet. Your outlet needs to match the amperage of your breaker. If your breaker puts out 20 amps, your outlet needs to be capable of handling exactly that. To prep the switch outlet, you’ll need to take the faceplate off and break the tab connecting the two brass screw-plates. Don’t break the one connecting the two silver screws.

In a nutshell, your hot and neutral wires (black and white, respectively) will both go to the switch. You’ll run a 14-3 wire from the box to the switch. You’ll need to pigtail the hotline and cap them with a marrette. Connect the pigtail and the remaining black wire to the outlet. Connect the neutral wire to the silver terminal on the other side. Each line has a copper line, which needs to be grounded to the grounding screw. Electrical work needs to be done correctly to work safely. If you’re uncertain about what you are doing, we highly recommend hiring an electrician. Electricity can cause a lot of damage if done incorrectly, and what seems like a simple task is often best left to professionals.

How much does it cost to install an electrical outlet?

Outlet installations can cost, on average, $300. This price can be lower or significantly higher, depending on the job, location, and special features you need. Most of this cost goes to labor and ensures the job is done safely. A GFCI outlet will cost more to install, as materials are more expensive and more labor is involved.

Most outlets are generally cheap in terms of materials. A standard 120V outlet can be purchased for $4.00 on average. 2-Prong, 3-Prong, and higher voltage outlets (220V, 240V, 250V) range between $5.00 to $20.00 on the high end. A GFCI outlet, on average, is close to $20. Floor and smart outlets are more versatile, costing an average of $40.

If you want your electrician to replace the outlets, you expect a charge of around $55 per hour — but a skilled local electrician could replace as many as twelve outlets in a single hour. Installing new outlets takes up to two hours, depending on the location. Remember that you’ll also pay for the materials and wiring for new outlets, so these jobs cost roughly $150 to $225 per installation.

Many factors alter your costs. If your existing wiring is up to code and already in place, this will lower your costs. On the flip side, your costs will increase if your outlet is in a difficult location or needs more wiring, your costs will increase. If you need outlets to run large appliances, such as a dryer, or installing GFCI outlets, you’ll have a higher cost due to the expensive materials and the job’s complexity. Electricity is hazardous, and a professional is licensed and insured for the job. Beyond simply switching plate covers, it’s a good idea to hire an electrician.

Can you do electrical work without a license?

The easy answer is yes, you can do some basic residential electrical work without a license. This answer varies state by state, so double-check regulations where you live. You can replace outlets, light switches, and even light fixtures. Regular switches are easy to replace with dimmer switches, and light fixtures are simple enough to replace with a ceiling fan. Other simple repairs include replacing a fuse or breaker inside an electrical panel. You can replace bathroom fans, hardwired smoke detectors, and appliances or install low-voltage outdoor lighting on your own.

Remember to cut the power before doing any electrical work. Most of these jobs require basic tools. For simple replacements, you can wire the new outlets or switches just as the old ones were. If you’re upgrading them, be certain to read and follow the directions. Replacing fuses and smoke detectors are quick and easy jobs, but replacing a breaker in your electrical panel is more complicated. Be cautious if you need to do this, as it’s often a sign of something wrong in the electrical system. It may be more efficient and effective in the long run to bring in a professional if there are underlying problems.

Not all residential electrical jobs can be done unlicensed. You’ll need a license if you want to upgrade or relocate your panel or upgrade to a 200 amp service. This is also true if you’re adding a new breaker or circuit or running new wiring for an outlet or switch. If you need to add a subpanel, you’ll also need to be licensed. For most electrical work, it’s imperative to stick with a professional if you’re uncomfortable or don’t understand the work. Electricity is dangerous, and you want to prioritize your health, your family’s health, and your home’s safety. Your local electricians will ensure the job is done correctly, which is worth every penny for the peace of mind.

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